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FACE Contemporary Theater, a French-American grant program, is dedicated to fostering innovative artistic collaborations in the field of theater and to contributing to the dynamism of intercultural dialogue and exchange between France and the U.S.

The Fund is an initiative of the the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Institut Français - Paris, and FACE, and receives funding from the Institut Français -Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the Catherine Popesco Foundation for the Arts. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided major support for the presentation of the work of US artists in France during 2013-2016.

FACE Contemporary Theater supports:
-production of contemporary playwrights,
-residencies of directors and performers,
-presentation and touring of French productions in the U.S and American productions in France.

The Fund supports projects in the field of Contemporary Theater, including multidisciplinary and hybrid works, devised theater, physical theater, young audiences productions, contemporary circus, puppetry, and street theater.



• FACE Contemporary Theater is particularly interested in supporting French-American artistic collaborations and co-productions that help build long-term relationships, productive partnerships, and cooperation between cultural organizations on both sides of the Atlantic.

• FACE Contemporary Theater will support projects that explore aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and artistic diversity of the French and American contemporary scenes.

• Special attention will be given to:
- Projects involving artists whose work has rarely been seen in the partner country
- To French projects part of major festivals in the United States or in conjunction with important performing arts platforms such as APAP.
- Projects involving artists with multifaceted backgrounds and influences, in order to promote a more varied intercultural dialogue.

• In case of tours, priority will be given to tours including a minimum of 5 performances in a minimum of 2 cities.

• Community engagement matters. Applicant organizations should clearly demonstrate their capacity and commitment to connect the artists and the public.



Next Application Deadline:
Spring 2018 - To Be Announced



Interview with

Arthur Nauzyciel


  Interview with

Florent Masse

Senior Lecturer, Princeton University

Interview with

Marion Aubert


Interview with

Gisèle Vienne
Choreographer, visual artist, and puppeteer




Nicole Birmann Bloom
Program Officer
Tel: 212 439 1444


Photo: Anne Alvaro and Audrey Bonnet in Solitude in The Cotton Fields, Bernard-Marie Koltès directed by Roland Auzet
Christophe Raynaud de Lage





FACE Foundation

972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075